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Prairie North 2013 Disaster Drill

More than 15 local and state agencies took part in the first day of a three-day emergency response exercise April 11 to 13 called Prairie North 2013.They were at the  empty Abbott Acres apartment complex in Rantoul on Thursday, April 11, 2013.The agencies included local fire and police departments, area hospital and ambulance services, and Illinois emergency agencies.

White wins three-way race in Sidney

SIDNEY — A village board member has been elected the first new village president in Sidney in eight years.

Charles "Chuck" White won a three-way race Tuesday to replace John Finn, who did not seek re-election. White works at SuperValu.

Update: Severe thunderstorm watch issued for the area

UPDATED 11:40 p.m. Wednesday

The National Weather Service has canceled a severe thunderstorm warning for southern Champaign County, eastern Douglas County, northern Edgar County and southern Vermilion County and another one for northeastern Champaign County.

Champaign County election results April 9, 2013

Results from contested races in Champaign County:

√ indicates apparent winner.

Champaign County United Way short of goal by 9 percent

CHAMPAIGN — Contributions to the United Way of Champaign County are running behind, with less than three months left to meet the agency’s $3.3 million goal.

As of Tuesday, the United Way had raised a bit over $3.03 million, about 9 percent behind where fundraising was at this time last year, says United Way President and CEO Sue Grey.

Life Remembered: Shields 'respected and a real gentleman'

Colleagues remember Lyle Shields as a gentleman who was easy to work with on the Champaign County Board.

Mr. Shields, who died Friday at the age of 89, served on the Champaign County Board for 41 years, including 10 years (1986-1996) as its chairman.

County nursing home census dips

URBANA — The average daily census at the Champaign County Nursing Home dropped to its lowest level in more than three years last month, but the facility's manager said he did not believe it was because of reports of an increase in deaths there over the winter.

Relay for Life of Champaign County surfing for fundraisers

CHAMPAIGN — There's no place to go surfing around here, except on the Web.

But you may be seeing surfboards at some local businesses for the next couple of months.

It's part of an American Cancer Society fundraiser for the upcoming Relay for Life of Champaign County, for which this year's theme is Surfing for a Cure.

Sidney water-rate increase up for approval

SIDNEY — Village officials next month will decide whether to approve a resolution increasing Sidney's water rates by 4 percent.

Hearing on Champaign County Jail canceled

URBANA — Monday’s public hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Urbana Civic Center regarding the Champaign County Jail has been canceled.

Champaign County Administrator Deb Busey said that Dr. Alan Kalmanoff, director of the Institute for Law and Policy Planning, who was originally scheduled to speak at the hearing, was unable to make it to Champaign County from California.

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